The government’s commitment is to ensure that all Malaysians irrespective of race, religion and backgrounds have the opportunity to enjoy quality and affordable education and training. Our goal is to make education and training system a platform to create human capital that are creative, innovative and highly skilled. The success of producing human capital that are able to innovate and explore new areas of the country's wealth creation is a critical factor that will determine the competitiveness and future prosperity of the country.
In this context, technical education and vocational training (TEVT) has a crucial role. TEVT should be seen as providing the main route towards producing highly skilled human capital and thus a major contributor to the high-income economy of the country. Therefore, improving the quality of education and skills-based training must be strengthened and made the main agenda of the nation's human capital needs.
In the 10th Malaysia Plan period, a national media campaign is being conducted on an ongoing basis to increase awareness and improve the perception of TEVT among potential students and their parents. The campaign will emphasise the benefits of entering the job market with TEVT qualifications, including starting salaries, jobs and career paths and recognition of the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) for more positions in the public sector.
Counselors in secondary schools will also be given the responsibility to guide students so that more students select TEVT as their preferred choice. Career development opportunities for TEVT trainees will be improved and attractive career options will be provided to high performers. Industry personnel with high practical skill experience at the workplace will be encouraged to be instructors at TEVT institutions.
To facilitate recruitment, a flexible entry route into the profession of vocational instructors will be established. The Department of Skills Development will ensure that the curriculum used in training centers meets the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) and in accordance with the priority areas of the economy. To further improve the quality and the training delivery mechanism, the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) will be adopted as the single National Certification.
The government is also creating a pathway for trainees of SKM Level 5 in specific sectors to bridge into higher Skill Bachelor, Masters and Phd qualifications.
Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT) will no longer be a second choice or last resort for students with poor academic performance but will become the preferred flow of the best students in our country like they do in developed countries. By changing this perception, it is hoped that many potential young Malaysians will involve in high-skill-based training whilst creating skilled employment.
Reproduced with the kind permission of the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia